Susan Riley | May 2015

Sparkchasers Podcast: Innovation Looks a Lot Like Hard Work

I can’t believe we’re at the end of season 2 of the SparkChasers Podcast!  It’s been a wonderful opportunity to break apart the topic of innovation and dig into the process a little deeper with you over the past 10 weeks.  In this final episode, Greg and I reflect on the big “ah-has” from this season and the takeaways that our listeners have shared with us.

Number one on the list: like most things that are worthwhile, this process isn’t easy. We all have this perception that innovation and creativity are somehow magically bestowed upon people.  Like there’s a fairy godmother who sprinkles “innovation dust” on the chosen few.  In reality, innovation (like all art) is a process, and the more you put into it, the more you get out.  It requires a lot of hard work, perseverance and a willingness to fail in order to succeed.

In this final episode, we go into this idea one last time and even share what’s coming up in Season 3.  So grab a seat and let’s get started!

Episode 10 Show Notes:

Ashton Kutcher’s message on hard work and making a difference.

The art of keeping things simple: a teacher talks about music education and jobs in the 21st century

The difference between simplicity and minimalism.

Why innovation flourishes in some places and dies in others.

Why the best innovators are always learners first.

Learning from your peers provides better results – Improvement Science

Connectivity Online Arts Integration and STEAM Conference Network Community

About the Author

Susan Riley is the founder and CEO of The Institute for Arts Integration and STEAM. She focuses on teacher professional development in arts integration, STEAM, 21st century learning skills, and technology. She is also a published author and frequent presenter at national conferences on Arts Integration and STEAM education. Susan holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from the prestigious Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ and a Master of Science in Education Administration from McDaniel College in Westminster, MD. She lives in Westminster, MD with her husband and daughter. Email Susan